What if I told you that I decided to throw away all of my makeup? Okay silly question, of course you wouldn’t believe me but do believe me when I say I had a huge clear out and when I say I threw the majority of my makeup away, it’s not even an over exaggeration. No I’ve not decided that an everyday bare face is the way forward for me, nor did I just have a moment of madness, I simply had a much needed, long overdue clear out. Now the majority of my makeup resides in this perfectly organised Perspex container with the rest fitting neatly into one medium sized makeup bag.
I had known a makeup overhaul had been needed for quite some time but the arduous task of sifting through never ending piles of mostly unwanted makeup was rarely high up on my to do list. Eventually last week, I got round to the task and I didn’t go lightly on myself when it came to throwing many products away. I’m sure many of us have been guilty of hoarding products we no longer use, using the excuse ‘I might need it one day’. In order to make my clear out successful, I gave myself a few rules; If I’ve not used it in several months, bin it. If it looks old, bin it. If it smells gross, definitely bin it. If it has no place in my daily or night out makeup routine, bin it… You get the gist and with that my makeup clear out was well on it’s way.
The main thing I have to thank for my newly organised makeup, is this fabulous see through plastic organising container from Ikea, called Godmorgon. This is actually an item Ikea have sold for years and I’ve had my eye on it for a while but last time I was in store it was out of stock. Finally, last week I was able to get my hands on it and I’m so happy I did. Never before has my makeup looked so tidy.
After a good while of sorting out and cleaning up my products I was left with a modest amount of makeup in my collection and I have to say I feel so much better for it. No more sifting through a never ending bag of lipsticks or carefully rummaging through a bag of eye and lip liners in fear one of the lids would fall off.
One thing I love about this container is that it has an upper tray at the front which is perfect for keeping makeup brushes and as you see here I’ve used it for my favourite foundation and BB cream too. The top front tray is on a a pivot so that you can pull it up in order to get at the tray below and you can also remove it if you need to.
Surely enough over time my makeup collection will grow again but this time I plan on keeping it organised. If I keep my makeup in a tidy format which makes it easy to see, it should stop me from buying products which I later forget about and also help me to keep track of what I’m using. No doubt soon enough I’ll be buying another one of these and for anyone else wanting to tidy up their makeup collection, I would certainly recommend getting one too.